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Destination Tunisia, a virtual travel guide to Tunisia. This page aims to give you a broad overview of Tunisia's art, culture, people, environment, geography, history, economy and government.
Beside a country profile with facts and figures, the page contains links to sources which provide you with all the information you need to know about this North African nation, e.g.: official web sites of Tunisia, addresses of Tunisia and foreign embassies, domestic airlines, city- and country guides with extensive travel and tourism information on accommodation, tourist attractions, events and more like weather information, maps, statistics and local newspapers from Tunisia.

 
 

Tunisian Republic | Al Jumhuriyah at Tunisiyah

Country Profile



Tunisia Flag
Flag of Tunisia

Background:
Following independence from France in 1956, President Habib BOURGIUBA established a strict one-party state. He dominated the country for 31 years, repressing Islamic fundamentalism and establishing rights for women unmatched by any other Arab nation. In recent years, Tunisia has taken a moderate, non-aligned stance in its foreign relations. Domestically, it has sought to diffuse rising pressure for a more open political society.
(Source: CIA - The World Factbook)

Tunisia is a member state of the League of Arab States

border countries: Algeria, Libya
 
where in the Africa is Tunisia

Official Name:
Al Jumhuriyah at Tunisiyah
short form: Tunis
int'l long form: Tunisian Republic
int'l short form: Tunisia

ISO Country Code: tn

Time:
Local Time = UTC +1h (summer UTC +2h)
Actual Time: Sun-Oct-26  02:49

Country Calling Code: +216

Capital City: Tunis

Other Cities: Sfax

Government:
Type: Republic
Independence: 20 March 1956 (from France)

Geography:
Location: Northern Africa, bordering the Mediterranean Sea
Area: 163,610 kmĀ² (63,170 sq. mi.)
Terrain: Arable land in north and along central coast; south is mostly semiarid or desert.

Climate: Hot, dry summers and mild, rainy winters.

People:
Nationality: Tunisian(s).
Population: 10.6 million (2011)
GNI per capita PPP: $ 8223 (year)
Ethnic Groups: Arab-Berber 98%, European 1%, other 1%.
Religions: Muslim 98%, Christian 1%, Jewish less than 1%.
Languages: Arabic (official), French.
Literacy: male 77%; female 55%

Natural resources: Petroleum, phosphates, iron ore, lead, zinc, salt.

Agriculture products: Olives, olive oil, grain, dairy products, tomatoes, citrus fruit, beef, sugar beets, dates, almonds.

Industries: Petroleum, mining, tourism, textiles, footwear, agribusiness, beverages.

Currency: Tunisian Dinar (TND)

Tunisia in Figures
Tunisia key statistical data.


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Official Sites of Tunisia

Gouvernement Tunisien
The Tunisian Government (French)

TunisiaOnline.com
Portal site provides news and information resources on Tunisia, Tunisia's history, government, culture, environment, society, economy and more.

Diplomatic Missions
Tunisia and the United Nations
Information about Tunisias role in the United Nations.
Embassy of the Republic of Tunisia in Japan
Official website of the embassy.


Statistics
Institut National de la Statistique
Tuisia statistics (French)

Tunisia in Figures
Tunisia key statistical data.

Weather
Institut National de la Météorologie
The National Meteorologic Institute.


Maps
Map of Tunisia
Political Map of Tunisia.
Administrative Map of Tunisia
Administrative Map of Tunisia showing the country's govermnorates (Wilayah).

Google Earth Google Earth Tunisia
Searchable map/satellite view of Tunisia.
Google Earth Google Earth Tunis
Searchable map/satellite view of Tunisia's capital.

Map of Northern Africa and the Middle East
Political Map of of North Africa, the Arabian Peninsula and the Middle East.
Political Map of Africa
The 54 countries of Africa.
Map of Africa
A Relief Map of Africa.
 

News

Arabic-language news
Al-Horria
Tunisian Daily owned by the ruling RCD party.
Assabah
Daily news.
Essahafa
Tunisian Arabic-language daily.

French-language news
 Kalima
On-line newspaper Kalima (censored in Tunisia), stands up for liberties and human rights (in French and Arabic).
La Presse
Owned by the ruling RCD party.
Le Quotidien
Daily news.
Nouvelles de Tunisie
Daily news (official; in French).

English-language news
Tunisia Online News Updates
Current Tunisia News.


TV/Radio
Radio Tunis
Tunisia National Radio, the official voice.
Tunisia Television
State-run TV.

 

 

Arts & Culture

Tunisian Culture Website
Site provides information about Tunisian art, culture and festivals (in French).
Dar Cherait Museum - Tozer
Private museum shows treasures of the Tunisian civilization.
Festival de Carthage
Music and film festival in the amphitheatre of Carthage.
Village Kèn
A city of arts - architecture and crafts.
 

 

Business & Economy

Banque Centrale de Tunisie
The Central Bank of Tunisia.
Bourse de Tunis
Tunis Stock Exchange

Investir en Tunisie
Invest in Tunisia (country and economy information)

Transportation
Tunisair
Owned by Tunisian State with almost 65%, serves most major cities of Western Europe and the Middle East.
 
 

Destination Tunisia - Travel and Tour Guides

Discover Tunisia: Bizerte, Carthage, Djerba, Dougga, El Jem, Kairouan, Ksours, Mahdia, Matmata, Nefta, Sousse, South Tunisia, Tozeur.
Seaside resort areas: Sousse, Monastir, Hammamet, Nabeul, Djerba and Tabarka.
Links to accommodation, hotels, attractions, festivals, events, tourist boards, biking, hiking, cruising, diving, tours and much more.

Travel and Tourism Guide to Tunisia
by Tunisian National Tourism Office.

Tunisie.com
A digital guide to facts and news about Tunisia. (in French).

Tunisia Online
News and information on Tunisia.

 

Travel and Tour Consumer Information


Education

Réseau National Universitaire RNU
The National University Network.

Higher Education Index
Links to websites of Tunisian higher education, scientific research institutions, students and university services.

Higher Education in Tunisia
Information on Higher Education in Tunisia in Arabic, French and English.
Université de Tunis
The University of Tunis, leading institution of higher education in Tunisia.
Université Libre de Tunis
ULT will offer academic programs that are the equivalent in content and quality to those in Europe and the US.
 
 

Environment

Centre International des Technologies de l'Environnement de Tunis
CITET - Tunis International Centre for Environmental Technologies. 
 
 

History

History In Brief
Timeline of Tunisia's history.
The Leptiminus Archaeological Project
Leptiminus was an important port town which flourished under Roman rule.
Tunisia History
See History: Tunisia's History at ArabNet.
 
 

Search

pagetunisie.com
Tunisia links
TunisINFO
Tunisia index (French)

Additional Information on Tunisia

BBC News Country Profile: Tunisia African Studies: Tunisia Page
ArabNet -- Tunisia
Governments on the WWW: Tunisia
Open Directory Project: Tunisia
Reporters sans frontières - Tunisia annual Report 2002
About the absence of Press Freedom in Tunisia
UT - MENIC: Countries: Tunisia
The Center for Middle Eastern Studies (University of Texas) about Tunisia.
Wikipedia: Tunisia
The World Factbook -- Tunisia
 
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